The shot stopped my contractions. I was soo drugged, I could barely stay awake more than ten mins at a time. I was having pelvic pressure and strong back pain. So I called them again, and was instructed to return to triage for a check and observation. They said my labor had moved to my back.
After two hours of sleeping on their beds, my contractions began to pick back up- but weren't as frequent as they'd wanted. They sent me home again. My family decided to go to Scalini's Italian Resturant and see if that'd help me get going again. During dinner my contractions were back and were happening 2 mins apart. When we left hospital the nurse said "Don't come back without water broken or bloody pad, dr will not keep you until then". We were so terrified to leave the general area of the hospital, in fear we'd have the baby in the car somewhere! I told Jared we weren't going back to hospital Saturday night, I knew theyd just send me home.
Contractions still 2 mins apart. I was nauseated...couldn't keep anything down. I took a warm bubble bath, mostly to help relieve the pain of contractions. Jared massaged my feet for me, and we just stayed home. Until Isaac came home, running high fever and vomiting and coughing. Decided to take him to Urgent Care. As I sat there for 2 hours, my contractions got to 1 min apart. But water didn't break. Left Urgent Care and got Isaac home. He had 2 seizures that night, I honestly thought we'd have to drive up to Scottish Rite (1 hr away)...
I woke up at 5am with NO contractions. But still had pelvic pressure...back pain...dizzy. Called my dr, they wanted me in ASAP. So we got kids ready and dropped them off with my grandmother. Arrive to dr's office. My dr rushes me in, asks me to tell her what's been going on. I literally said "I am dilated to 5 cm" and she said "stop there", checks me and sees I am dilated to 5cm. Gives me papers and tells me to go to hospital immediately.
Arrive to hospital, get checked in and settled in our room. Dr rushes in, breaks water. An hour goes by, no contractions yet. Started me on pitocin. We figured it was because my body was soo exhausted by then. Couple hours goes by and they increased pitocin.
Contractions again! FINALLY! So I lay there contracting a lil while. Finally got to 7 cm. I had so wanted to go naturally, without epidural. However, I was so tired and wanted it over. I cried as I requested the epi, not because of the pain- but because I couldn't go naturally. I knew my body was worn out and I was edgy and not relaxing, which was prolonging it even more. I cried as they gave me the epidural, with disappointment in myself.
Ten mins after my epi, nurse comes in to check on me. I inform her I still feel my contractions, but only on right side. She checks me, I am dilated to 9 cm....baby's head is fully engaged, all we need is dr. She paged dr, and asked me if I wanted them to give me another boost of the epi. I declined, so she checks me again. Now I am at 10 cm.
Doctor comes in, asks for a practice push. Screams STOP! Grabs his gloves, shoves them on and says "PUSH". I pushed three times, and Elijah was born. My left side was numb, my righ side wasn't.......so I guess I was half natural? Either way, I was satisfied!
Nurse asks dr if I needed to be stiched. He informs her he didn't cut me, and that I hadn't ripped! So I have no stiches, and very little bleeding!
After Elijah John Stevens was cleaned up, they handed him to me. He latched on perfectly, and began pigging out!
And that's our little story of how Lil' Elijah was born. 6lbs 11oz and 18 1/2 in tall. He was born at 401pm est..